Ramon Allones is a prerevolutionary Cuban brand that was established between 1837 and 1845. The brand has changed hands several times and eventually landed with Partagás. While Ramon Allones hit it big in the United Kingdom during its heyday in the 1920’s, the brand has been in slow decline ever since. Wanting to make a comeback, they called upon the one and only legendary AJ Fernandez to re-blend the Ramon Allones cigars, the first to be sold to the American market. AJ has followed up that success with the superb Ramon Allones Special Selection to pay homage to the original Cuban cigars. This masterpiece was handmade in Nicaragua and crafted with a stunning Nicaraguan Habano wrapper that encases a Nicaraguan binder and a melody of Nicaraguan fillers from Estelí, Jalapa, and Ometepe. Medium to full in body, expect classic Cuban notes of earth, leather, and tobacco. Pair this wonderful smoke with an after dinner whiskey.
The Nicaraguan cigar industry originated when Cuban cigar makers escaped the revolution and re-established their livelihood in Nicaragua with Cuban-seed tobacco. Blessed with dark, rich soil, their new home was ideal for tobacco cultivation and Nicaragua quickly became known for cigars that rivaled Cuban quality. Unfortunately, revolution and war came to Nicaragua in the 1980s and devastated the industry, but it’s rebounded dramatically and is once again producing tobacco considered by many to be the finest in the world.
The Esteli Valley is in many ways the heart of Nicaraguan production and is known for its very powerful and spicy tobacco. The Jalapa Valley produces arguably the finest tobacco in the country: somewhat sweeter and less intense than Esteli, but extremely complex. The tobacco of the Condega Valley is often described as a blend of the other two regions.
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